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Lessons Learned from the Lexington Humane Society


One of my favorite things to do here at Abila is work one-on-one with a select number of clients. I enjoy really getting to know them, digging into their challenges, and working with them to overcome obstacles.

Case in point: Earlier this year I had the opportunity to work directly with the staff of Lexington Humane Society …

Are Religious Organizations Ignoring Donor Warning Signs?


Giving USA has been tracking philanthropic giving in the United States for 60 years. According to its most recent report from June 2015, more than $358 billion (yes, with a “b”) was donated to charities – the highest in the report’s history.

Of that $358 billion, $258 billion was donated by individuals – or 72 percent …

Differences in Nonprofit Finance and Fundraising Viewed as Positive


In the Nonprofit Finance and Fundraising Collaboration Study, 55 percent of finance professionals and 44 percent of fundraising professionals say their two departments are very collaborative. WOOHOO! Truth be told, based on the anecdotes we hear in the market, we thought these numbers were going to be way, way lower. However, roughly half from both …

It Might Be Time To Diversify Your Funding Streams


Our Abila experts have researched and crafted Key Fundraising Predictions for 2016 to help you gain a clear understanding of the challenges facing your sector in the coming year, and how you can turn them into real advantages for your organization.

 Below is a deep dive into Fundraising Prediction #1 – A Shift in Giving Models

 Giving …

Are You Ahead, Behind, or on Par with Your Fundraising Peers?


Every now and then a work project comes along that’s not only hugely insightful, but actually really fun. Abila’s Fundraising Advisor tool is that project for me right now.

At first, we simply set out to give fundraisers an opportunity to receive personalized fundraising recommendations for their organizations based on their answers to a quick, six-question …

Fundraisers: You’ll Love AUDC 2016!


The hallways, cubes, and conference rooms at Abila are abuzz with the talk of AUDC 2016!

The Abila User and Developer Conference (AUDC) is scheduled for March 3 through 5 in our hometown of Austin, Texas.

This must-attend event will offer 12 different learning tracks in Fund Accounting, Association Management, and Fundraising. Our Fundraising Best Practices tract …

#GivingTuesday: Tips from the Trenches


On December 1, 2015, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together to celebrate another #GivingTuesday. By now you’re probably familiar with the global day dedicated to giving back, but if you’re new to the concept or want to learn more,  check out its website at givingtuesday.org.

#GivingTuesday has shown tremendous growth …

What Does the Fall Season Mean to You?


As we head into late summer/early fall, most people’s attention turns to the kiddos heading back to school, the weather finally cooling off, and the leaves changing colors. However, as nonprofit professionals, our attention turns to one thing – the single most important event for all nonprofits – end-of-year (EOY) fundraising!

Most nonprofits will raise the …

Summer Puts the FUN in FUNdraising!


What are your plans for the summer? Most folks think about vacations, beaches, and BBQs. How about adding a fundraising campaign into your plans?

At Abila, we typically see a severe dip in fundraising during the summer months, especially July and August (see graphic). Traditionally, the reasons for this have been the difficulty getting in contact …

Is Your Donors’ Giving Experience WHO-listic?


In the nonprofit world it’s commonplace to hear folks talk about creating a “holistic giving experience” for donors.

Here at Abila, we like to encourage fundraisers to take a WHO-listic approach, because it’s not just the “what” or “how” behind the process of giving that are important, it’s also the “who.”

The What and How
The process of …